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Old 01-29-2019, 08:52 AM
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Dashcam instead of Go Pro?

Does anyone use a dashcam to record their offroad trips? Looking for thoughts and recommendations.

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will be this season... will use the action cam as well. but not having to worry about a battery is nice.
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I use a Blackvue dash cam and it works great. WiFi direct to phone.

Got to watch out for the speed bumps on the beach.
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I use a Blackvue dash cam and it works great. WiFi direct to phone.
https://youtu.be/ohOEOPfZhDo
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Got to watch out for the speed bumps on the beach.

I think it was Eddie Murphy that said "Lets back up and see what that was"

For the OP... Seems like a good idea depending on the quality you want. Most dash cams are at 1080p and the GoPro can exceed that. Of course, do you need 4K UHD of that bug splattered against your windshield?
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I'm using a Viofo A119. I've been happy with it for almost a year now..

Quite a bit of this video is done with it (including the sand dune climb at the beginning).. The Viofo footage has the speed/gps/time text along the bottom. The rest was done with a GoPro and a DJI Mavic 2 Drone.

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of course, do you need 4k uhd of that bug splattered against your windshield?
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Yep! I've got an older mini 0801 in my Jeep, and (as you might guess) it has been there for years. I dropped its resolution down one notch, so that I can fit just over 9 hours of video on the memory card. This way I can record an entire day's trip, then download the footage in the evening and I'm ready for another trip the next day. This strategy works very well at Easter Jeep Safari (and just about everywhere else I wheel).

Even at this less-than-maximum resolution, daytime footage looks great:

I like the idea of a dashcam, so two of my other cars have much newer Viofo A119S cameras in them. That camera has much better video quality than my mini 0801, especially at night. If I had to buy another camera for my Jeep, that's what I would get.
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Most dash cams use some "fisheye" lens that distorts the picture. How much depends on the view angle 120* vs 170*. Some also playback slightly faster than real time. This allows for more storage. Dash cams typically like 32gb memory or up to 64gb. Dash cams also break up the video into 2-5 minute files to allow for their continued recording once the memory gets full.

Another option is to find a old iphone cheaply. Maybe with a cracked screen or short life battery (if you can keep it plugged in). The I6 I use stabilizes the picture so playback is much smoother. Also has 128gb to allow recording the whole day. Look at how much the hood of the jeep is bouncing around compared to the horizon.
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I use my dashcam because it's already there and working. I have a couple of 32gb SD cards for it that I swap out each day

I use Microsoft Movie Maker and it lets me join the 3 minute segments if I so desire.
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Most dash cams use some "fisheye" lens that distorts the picture.
This is an excellent point for any of you dashcam shoppers out there. This is why I prefer cameras with the narrower 120^ field of view rather than something in the 150^-170^ range. This is definitely a case where less is more.
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I have a dashcam specifically for road use. The problem with most dashcams is that the sensors and the resulting encoded video isn't all that great (but good enough for evidence e.g. some guy running a red light). If you want cleaner video (regardless of number of lines, e.g. 720p vs 1080p vs 2160p), the GoPro will be better. Not to mention you can get it outside of the vehicle, so you're not looking through the windshield like with a dashcam, which further muddies up the video (e.g. refraction).

The bad thing with a GoPro is it is more expensive and you have to be concerned about power when running outside of the vehicle. I was thinking about running a 12V to USB converter off my SPOD to get a USB cable to the GoPro mount on my winch plate when I have the GoPro there.
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I like the Go Pro because I can use different mounting points on my rig.
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Currently using a Garmin DriveAssist for GPS Dashcam and Backup Cam all in a nice 5" screen.
It was $200ish when I got it 2yrs ago, I now see it on Amazon for $150.
Seems they took wifi out of the 50 where I have the 51, wifi does make updates easier.
Backup cam was another $100ish and is bluetooth so just needs a trigger from backup lights, easy peasy.

Its totally seamless and I've totally forgotten about it day to day, seems I haven't uploaded a photo or video from it in a while




Best thing I do like about it, one usb cord to disconnect and throw into glovebox when top/doorless and no one knows I have one.

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